ZU Student Publication Showcases Best Student Storytelling

Zajel, the Zayed University student publication, won a 2015 Mark of Excellence Award for “Best Online-Only Student Publication” from the Society of Professional Journalists. Fatima Karmostaji provided the details on the award.

In 2016, Zajel started publishing regular video news stories. And for the first time, Zajel published during summer school, despite the fact that it was Ramadan and there was only a skeleton staff.

Here are some of the 2016 Zajel posts from Abu Dhabi students:

News

Introducing Video News from ZU: Festival Time

When Mohammed Ali Visited the UAE By Sozan Al Qarzi

A Pearl Diver, Back from the Dead By Amna Al Zaabi

Hag Al Laila, Children’s Wonderland By Hajar Al Teneiji

ZU Students Share Stories, Encourage Reading at Abu Dhabi Book Fair By Noura Darwish

2016 ZU Film Festival Coverage

Best New Middle East Movies Spotlighted By Reem Al Hammadi and Staff Reports;

‘The Other Dimension’ by Emirati Student Tells Stories Worth Remembering By Reem Alhammadi;

‘Flipped,’ Short Film By Emirati, Teaches Dangers of Speed, By Hajar Al Hosani

First Person

Horse-riding Helps Student Learn About Her Own Character, By Hessa Al Haram

My Contagious Love for  Classical Music, by Hajer Al Teneiji

Lenses (Photography)

I Spent Summer 2015 on an Amazing European Adventure, By Hooreya Al Muflahi

Book Reviews

‘I Am Malala’, By Amal Al Zaabi

Restaurant Reviews

‘The Third Place’ Cafe Offers Art, Books and Good Coffee, By Dana Al Sarkal

‘Broadway’ Comes to Abu Dhabi, By Mashael Adel

Five Guys Burger Joint Opens at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, by Reem Alhammadi

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Ethical Values in News Gathering and Non-Fiction Storytelling

  • Accuracy
  • Balance
  • Completeness
  • Detachment
  • Ethics
  • Fairness

Explain what each of these values are and why each is important.

Note that “lack of bias” is not one of the core ethical principles. Why not?

What are the challenges, pressures and limitations on achieving these values in the daily, weekly, monthly production of stories for public consumption?

Reflect on the following aphorisms, or words of wisdom:

“A reporter or storyteller is only as good as his or her sources.”

“Journalism is the first draft of history.” Give one example of how journalists got an historical event WRONG and one example of how journalists got an historical event right.

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

Continue reading “Ethical Values in News Gathering and Non-Fiction Storytelling”

Five Effective Ways to Tell A Story

ZU Student Moza Al Hamrani has compiled resources on effective ways to tell stories. Students should read and follow the links.

 

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